The government of the president Joe Biden analyzes solutions to the migration crisis on the border with Mexico, where an increase in detained immigrants is reported, several of them unaccompanied children, according to Customs and Border Protection statistics (CBP).
On March 4, for example, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Horse Patrol Unit detained 125 non-citizens, who were traveling in groups of 60, 14, 8 and smaller ones. The arrests were made in less than 12 hours.
Amid mounting criticism from Republicans and their allies, the Biden Administration attempts to “restore order and humanity” to the immigration system. The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, leads those efforts, for which he traveled with a group of collaborators to the border, specifically to a facility of the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Office of Health and Human Services.
“Senior administration officials received operational information, updates and tours of the facilities”, reported DHS. “They talked about capacity needs given the number of unaccompanied children and families arriving.”
The increase of arrivals and detentions has been sustained since October (71,922), when fiscal year 2021 started. In November, 72,091 cases were reported; in December 73,923, and in January 78,323.
In fact, the 78,323 detentions in January represent the highest number recorded of immigrants trying to enter through the border with Mexico in recent months, although the Biden Administration began on the 20th. The same month in 2020 with the government of Donald Trump 36,585 were registered; in 2019 there were 58,317 and in 2018 a total of 35,905.
DHS accuses the Trump Administration of having “destroyed” the immigration system and recognizes serious “challenges” to its restoration, including “border infrastructure.”
The crisis at the border is also more visible after the fatal accident in which 13 illegal immigrants died, who were part of a group of 25 people traveling in an SUV in California.
At the end of February, the Biden Administration faced criticism even of his party, as the representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), for the reopening of detention centers in Texas, where the previous government locked children in cages.
“This is not right, it has never been right, it will never be right – no matter the administration or the party.”Ocasio-Cortez said.
The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, defended the strategy to care for children in a way to recognize the increase of minors without parents and emphasized that minors are not caged.
“First, the policy of this administration, as everyone knows … is not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border.”, he indicated. “And the process, how it works, is for Customs and Border Control to continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement. That may take a couple of days. I just want to give this context, as people need to understand the process. “
DHS reaffirms the position expressed then by Psaki, after Secretary Mayorkas’ trip, along with Susan Rice, National Policy Advisor to the White House; Liz Sherwood-Randall, Deputy National Security Advisor (NSC); Julie Rodríguez, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Julissa Reynoso, chief of staff to the First Lady, and Norris Cochran, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, among others.
“They spoke about capacity needs, due to the number of families and unaccompanied children arriving at our border.”, indicated the Government in a report. “(There was talk) of improvements that must be made to restore safe and efficient procedures for processing, housing and sending unaccompanied children with family members or patrons.”
In a mixed message, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, accused the Biden Administration of releasing undocumented immigrants “without applying the COVID-19 test to them,” when the Republican ordered the entity to “return to normal” amid growing cases of coronavirus, including withdrawing the mandatory use of masks. .
On the other hand, the representative Lance Gooden (Texas) will send a letter to President Biden to acknowledge a crisis on the southern border, reported the Daily Caller, who had access to the letter.
“President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in Proclamation 9844 on February 15, 2019,” the letter is quoted as saying. His administration issued a proclamation on his first day in office, stating that the emergency declaration was not justified. We ask that you reconsider your position in light of subsequent events.“.
Republicans find support in former President Trump, who resumed his tough stance against immigrants and is expected to intensify that speech as he normalizes his political and public life.
“When I left office, we had achieved the safest border in the history of our country. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous and more out of control than ever, ”he accused Trump in a statement last week.
Spokeswoman Psaki, when answering an express question about Trump’s position, said that the Biden Administration did not take advice from the former president on immigration matters.
Secretary Mayorkas said last week that he is not asking immigrants never to travel to the US, but “not now,” he said.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.